Rocky’s Viewpoint

Rockys Viewpoint

A blog for people who treat their dogs better than family

Follow these tips to keep your pup safe this weekend and all summer long…

February is National Pet Dental Month, but you can take steps all year to ensure optimal dental health. Here are some tips!

CBD oil is the newest trend in holistic pet health, yet many pet parents don’t quite know what it is. Here’s a quick breakdown along with some of the benefits.

If you plan on ringing in the New Year with your pup, there are some things to keep in mind to ensure that everyone has a good time…

It’s the diagnosis everyone dreads, whether it affects our 2 legged family members and friends or our 4 legged ones. I’ve just experienced it. On Wed. Sept. 27th, I lost my beloved golden retriever, Yankee, one of the house dogs at Rocky’s Retreat, to hemangiosarcoma. He was diagnosed on Aug. 25th and gone just a month later. He would have been 10 on Oct. 7th. 

Anxiety in their dogs is a common problem many dog owners face. This time of year is particularly bad for dogs who have noise phobias. We also deal with it regularly, especially in a boarding situation. In fact, we just had an older dog stay with us who was so anxious during her entire stay that we basically held her for a week.

In case you haven’t heard, canine flu has reared its ugly head in Central Florida. According to the Orlando Sentinel, health officials confirmed cases of the H3N2 virus that originated at 2 dog shows, one in Deland and one in Perry, Ga. Both shows were held in mid-May. All of the dogs that tested positive were either at the show or were exposed to dogs who had been at one of those shows.

We have a number of young dogs who routinely either board with us or come to daycare. These people have been told by their vet that they should spay or neuter their puppy by 6 months of age. Several of these dogs are purebred, and their owners have agreements with the dog’s breeder that doesn’t allow them to spay/neuter until the dog is at least 18 months old.

Recently on 2 separate occasions I was talking with clients about recommendations they received to switch to breed specific food for their dog. One dog was a lab and the other was French bulldog puppy. For the French bulldog pup, the vet recommended they switch to a food specifically made for English bulldogs.

It happened again a little over a week ago. For the 2nd time in about a year, a Merritt Island dog boarding facility was cited, this time for leaving a dog out in the hot sun in August, resulting in the dog suffering heat stroke.